Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet [kit] : a novel by Jamie Ford When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War ll are uncovered during removations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment. A story of childhood friendship, innocent love and father son relationships, this will lead to a rich discussion and review of the history of this period.
The road from Coorain [kit] by Jill Ker Conway — Inspiring work about Conway's journey from a girlhood on an isolated sheep-farm in the grasslands of Australia to her departure for America where she pursues an academic career and eventually becomes the first women president of Smith College.
The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritson: This story is gory, macabre and not for the faint of heart, but she does a great job with the period detail (1830s-70s history/medical details) and merges this with the present day relationship of a modern woman to people in this time period. It was quite suspenseful as the main character tries to research the history of the bones found in her garden. (Also available in Large Print.)
Can't Wait to Get to Heavenby Fannie Flagg (CD and Cassette)
Flagg mixes humor, wisdom and pathos in creating a charming, life-affirming tale and a full cast of memorable characters. Read by Cassandra Campbell.
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906by Simon Winchester (CD and Cassette)
Dense with facts but light and breezy in style, Winchester recounts the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the longstanding dangers of the San Andreas Fault and the long-term consequences of the earthquake it caused. Read by the author.
Burned Alive by Souad: A memoir by a young Jordanian woman who was the victim of an "honor crime" describes how she was nearly killed by her own family, her struggle to survive critical burns after being set on fire, and her determination to build a new life for herself.
Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond: After confessing to being a lifelong chocoholic, the aptly named Almond traces the history and bittersweet business practices of the companies producing those addictive candy bars.
The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker edited by Robert Mankoff: Showcases the work of hundreds of artists who have contributed to the magazine throughout its 80-year history.